Jersey County

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Jeff Guilander farms with his father Ronnie Guilander and brother in law, Terry Hall. They grow corn and soybeans, and have a small cow-calf operation. Jeff is a former Jersey County Farm Bure…

The race with Mother Nature is in full stride as a wetter pattern has set in. With standing water on some fields and dust flying a mile away, there has been a lot of windshield time trying to find the right spot. With a window here and there, progress is being made for the sake of timing. A …

It is always nice to be able to row a few fields and get excited about the prospects of a new crop. The early plantings seem to have weathered the "freezer burn" relatively well, and¬† after a few ugly days, have recovered and are starting to green up. Progress is from barely started to almos…

Last week will put early planting to the test. Nighttime lows in the 20s put pressure on seedling crops that were just emerging. The trick is going to be evaluating the damage and deciding about replant. The crops that were not up may not be better as emergence is spotty and ugly. As usual, …

A good start was hit head-on with wet, cold conditions that look to last into the weekend. It is hard to tell if the seed is better in the bag, in the ground or emerged. Frost/freezing temperatures surely took a toll on emerged seedlings during the last 12 days. Conditions are starting to dr…

¬†Looks like the 2021 growing season is off and running. The four-day window last week allowed for some light tillage to all-out planting, depending on the situation. Most took the opportunity to get things shined up and troubleshoot potential problems. With more than an inch of rain and cool…

Welcome 2021. It sure is nice to have all the uncertainty, political infighting, protests, and COVID issues behind us. As a true Cub fan would say, "Maybe next year." Looks like we have stepped into the agriculture version of the big dance, March Marketing Madness. By the length of the grain…